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  • GLOBAL WOMEN’S CAUCUS “WOMEN TO WIN” CANDIDATE FORUM

    Meet some of the amazing Democratic women running to flip red Congressional seats BLUE!

    Join the Global Women’s Caucus for our “Women to Win” Candidate Forum.  Four candidates will speak with Democrats Abroad about how important it is for Democrats to keep the House in 2020 and what their priorities are for governing. They are running in Michigan, Texas and Georgia, all states Democrats can win, not only in these districts, but also key Senate races and Biden as well!   They need our help to take these seats and advance crucial Democratic policies in healthcare, climate change, racial justice, economic equality and others listed in the DA 2020 Platform.

    The candidates joining the July Forum are:

    Wendy Davis, a longtime Texas advocate running to bring the fight for gender equity to the House. Davis made international news with her 13-hour filibuster protecting women’s healthcare in the Texas State House, and now she’s campaigning on behalf of everyone in Texas, and the country, who has been left behind and needs a champion.

    Gretchen Driskell, a former mayor running a determined campaign in southeast Michigan. Driskell served for 14 years as mayor of Saline, the first female elected to the position, before winning a seat in the Michigan House of Reps. Having knocked 25,000 doors in her constituency over the years, Driskell recognizes the priorities: universal healthcare, sustainable jobs and a  strong public education system.

    Carolyn Bourdeaux has spent her entire career in public service, starting as a Congressional staffer, then going on to earn a doctorate in public policy. While teaching public policy at Georgia State, Carolyn took 5 years off to serve as Director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.  This is her second run in the 7th District, having lost in ‘18 by 433 votes after a recount and a court case!  This year, Carolyn won her primary (in what is now an open seat) with a tripling of the Democratic turnout.  She sees racial justice and the meltdown of healthcare, aggravated in this pandemic, as key issues for voters in this district.   

    Gina Ortiz Jones ran in TX-23 in 2018 and came within just 926 votes of defeating Will Hurd who subsequently announced his retirement.  Gina is a first-generation American, raised by a single mother who came to the United States believing in the promise of a better future. Gina earned a ROTC scholarship  and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Iraq under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” She subsequently built her career in national security including serving under Obama.  Gina returned to San Antonio to help care for her mother who was fighting cancer. Gina knows that we need a leader standing up for the issues that can make a real impact on people’s lives. That’s why she’s stepping up to serve her country and her community again by running for Congress.

    Please join us to learn about how you can help these amazing women win! RSVP to receive the information for joining this virtual event.  And read more about the candidates in the recent interviews on the DA GWC Candidate Information Action Team webpage:  www.democratsabroad.org/wc_cia_team 

    If you have questions for the candidates, you can send them in advance to womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org. Please use the subject line “Women to Win Forum - question”.

    Location Local Event Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada 9:00 PDT
    Minneapolis, USA 11:00 CDT
    Washington DC, USA 12:00 EDT
    London, United Kingdom 17:00 BST
    Frankfurt, Germany 18:00 CEST
    Nairobi, Kenya 19:00 EAT
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 20:00 GST
    Bangkok, Thailand 21:00 ICT
    Beijing, China 22:00 CST

     

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  • Books Abroad Reads Rebecca Traister’s, Good and Mad

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    Thank you to all who joined our discussion on Mother's Day.

    Books Abroad, the Global Women’s Caucus feminist reading group, is excited to announce its summer reading pick, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger by Rebecca Traister. Save the date, September 20th, for an engaging discussion of the history of female anger as political fuel. We hope this pick makes a great summer read and gives you food for thought during the election season. We look forward to seeing you again in September!

    The organizing team would also like to introduce Joy Notoma as the group's next discussion facilitator, as Kelsey McLendon is moving back to the U.S. to pursue other opportunities.

    This is an online event. Please RSVP to receive the connection information.

     

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    September 20, 2020 at 2pm
    WHERE
    Zoom - Online
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International business lawyer practicing in France since 1979 specialied in international transactions and arbitration. Pro bono work in East and West Africa advising Governments on the negotiation of long term natural resource contracts, women's rights a